7th Tennessee Infantry — September 5-6, 1861

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The 7th Tennessee Infantry remained in western Virginia.

7th Tennessee Infantry — September 5, 1861: On duty at Mingo Flats, (West) Virginia

“Commenced raining about 2 at night, rained steady till 3 in the evening. Provisions gave out. I with others had to go back two miles to cook for the regiment. Arrived at 3 in the morning. Everybody expected we would attack the enemy next morning. The powers that be willed it otherwise, so everybody was mistaken.” David Phillips, of Company K.

From Archibald Norris, Company K: “Left my station as picket at Mr. Lambs. Our brigade makes preparation to attack about 1,500 of the enemy at Mingo Flats tomorrow. In consequence of this we were relieved. We had quite a merry and enthusiastic time over the mountain on our way to the intended battlefield.”

Thanks to Thomas Venner for the quotes.

Miles traveled since leaving Tennessee: 341

Order of Command:

Army of the Northwest: Lee

Loring’s Division

Anderson’s Brigade

 

7th Tennessee Infantry — September 6, 1861: Regiment returned from duty at Mingo Flats, (West) Virginia

“Left our post about 10 a.m., went one and one-half miles, built fires and dried ourselves by fire and sun which shone out bright all that day. Started for our camps again after dinner. Went back five miles, met our wagons and baggage in part over mountains four miles further on the H. road..” David Phillips, of Company K.

Archibald Norris, Company K: “Arrived at Mr. Walmsleys soon in the morning, but to our surprise learned that the battle for several reasons had been deferred. We joined our respective regiments. Saw Gen. Lee before a house in which the principal officers of the house were quartered. He wore a slouch hat and looked more like a teamster than a general.”

Thanks to Thomas Venner for the quotes.

If you have a subscription to fold3.com (formerly footnote.com) there is an excellent hand-drawn map showing the roads and landmarks between Big Springs and Fort Milroy. It is the only map listed under West Virginia that mentions Pocahontas County. There are several homes and properties identified as “Wamsley’s”, but one is at Mingo, aka Mingo Flats. It is about 12 miles south of Elkwater where the Union forces were camped.

Miles traveled since leaving Tennessee: 341

Order of Command:

Army of the Northwest: Lee

Loring’s Division

Anderson’s Brigade


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One Response to
“7th Tennessee Infantry — September 5-6, 1861”

  • Mingo Historical Society says: October 2nd, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Great fabulous post! Focusing on Mingo Flats area during Ciivl War. Please conact if you have any suggestions. THank you, Lauren Ragland, Pres. MHS

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